McGill University’s Eye on the Environment series recently talked to Dr. Lea Berrang ford about the launch of the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change project.Read More →

For Immediate Release November 1, 2010 Download the PDF press release here Find the scientific article in Global Environmental Change here Download the scientific article as a Word document here McGill Study Asks “Are We Adapting to Climate Change?” Delegates from around the world are preparing for the UN climate change talks that kick off in Mexico at the end of the month. While debate over emissions targets continues to rage in the wake of last year’s talks in Copenhagen, there is one area where nations agree: we’re going to have to adapt. Yet despite the newfound interest in adaptation, it remains unclear if adaptationRead More →

Berrang-Ford, L., Ford, J., and Patterson, J. In Press at Global Environmental Change. Find PDF. Human systems will have to adapt to climate change. Understanding of the magnitude of the adaptation challenge at a global scale, however, is incomplete, constrained by a limited understanding of if and how adaptation is taking place. Here we develop and apply a methodology to track and characterize adaptation action; we apply these methods to the peer-reviewed, English-language literature. Our results challenge a number of common assumptions about adaptation while supporting othersRead More →

Ford, J.D., L. Berrang-Ford, M. King, and C. Furgal (In press). Global Environmental Change. Find PDF. Climate change has been identified as potentially the biggest health threat of the 21st century. Canada in general has a well developed public health system and low burden of health which will moderate vulnerability. However, there is significant heterogeneity in health outcomes, and health inequality is particularly pronounced among Aboriginal Canadians.Read More →

Thompson, H., L. Berrang-Ford and J.D. Ford (In press).  Sustainability. Find PDF. In recent years it has become clear that climate change is an inevitable process. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the expectation is that climate change will have an especially negative impact, not only a result of projected warming and rainfall deficits, but also because of the vulnerability of the population.Read More →

Maheu-Giroux, M., M. Casapia, V.E. Soto-Calle, L. Berrang-Ford, D. Buckeridge, O.T. Coomes, and T.W. Gyorkos (2010). Acta Tropica 115:112-18. Find PDF. Background The contribution made by fish ponds (pisciculture) to malaria transmission in the Peruvian Amazon remains to be confirmed. Recent entomological evidence indicates that Anopheles darlingi, the main malaria vector in the region, is frequently found in fish ponds along the Iquitos-Nauta road (Loreto, Peru). The aim of this study was to quantify the effect of fish pond density on malaria occurrence.Read More →

Berrang-Ford, L, J. Lundine, and S. Breau (2010). Social Science and Medicine. Available on-line ahead of print. Find PDF. Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) has reemerged in sub-Saharan Africa as a disease of major public health importance. The success of HAT elimination in sub-Saharan Africa is subject to the feasibility of controlling, eliminating, or mitigating the determinants of incidence in affected countries. Conflict has been widely recognized and cited as a contributing factor to the resurgence of HAT in many countries, as well as to continuing HAT incidence in politically unstable and resource-poor regions. Despite extensive anecdotal and qualitative recognition of the role of conflict, there hasRead More →

Goldhar, C., J.D. Ford and L. Berrang-Ford (2010). International Journal of Circumpolar Health 69(3):285-303. Download PDF. Objectives. Characterize and examine the prevalence of food insecurity in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, and identify stressors affecting the food system. Study design. A mixed-methods study using quantitative food security surveys and semi-structured interviews.Read More →

Berrang-Ford, L., O. Berke, S. Sweeney, and L. Abdelrahman (2010). Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Available on-line ahead of print. Find PDF. Sleeping sickness is a major threat to human health in sub-Saharan Africa. Southeastern Uganda has experienced a number of significant epidemics in the past 100 years, most recently from 1976 to 1989. Recent and continued spread of the disease has highlighted gaps in the ability of current research to explain and predict the distribution of infection.Read More →